Authors get to genre-jump with more freedom, I think. Good, because I love to write contemporary stories, but I also love science fiction. If I could only pick two worlds, it would be YA contemporary and science fiction. Stephen King writes loads of books and each one stands alone as its own story. Every time I read one of his novels, it feels completely different from the last and that's how I feel about my own work. Once I write something, I want to try something new. If I got stuck writing similar stories all the time, I'd probably lose my mind. Maybe I wouldn't, but I bet I would. That's why I admire authors like Cassandra Clare and J.K Rowling, those guys have the willpower and the love to stick with a series with the same amount of passion they started with. I'm a standalone story kind of guy. Maybe one day I'll write a series. I hope so. Speaking of series's, Tom Rob Smith wrote a fantastic trilogy of Soviet Russian crime novels and his latest book, 'The Farm' which came out earlier this year was completely different- a contemporary thriller set in England and Sweden. Loving the change and it allowed his audience to read a different part of his literary interests. Top book.
So, my advice would be simple: write what the hell you want. If you want to stick to what you know the most, then go for it. Nobody knows better than the person writing the story or making the music, but everybody will criticize what you do. But, there are some poor sods out there who'll make it personal. The internet allows for such low-level obscurity. As long as you do what makes you happy, then that's all that matters. Screw everybody else.
Songs of the Week:
- 'Methadone' by Rise Against
- 'Bridges' by Rise Against
- 'The Eco-Terrorist in Me' by Rise Against
- 'Tragedy + Time' by Rise Against
- 'The Black Market' by Rise Against
- 'People Live Here' by Rise Against